PORTSMOUTH – Making his second visit to New Hampshire in six days, Mitt Romney came to Portsmouth this morning to meet with commercial fishermen and talk about how a Romney administration will be more friendly to small businesses than the Obama administration has been.
Doing nothing to dampen rampant speculation about vice presidential running mates, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte was on hand to introduce Romney to a crowd of about 250 people gathered at the Portsmouth fish pier on Peirce Island near Strawberry Bank.
Ayotte asserted that Obama administration regulators are threatening commercial fishermen’s businesses and livelihoods by setting catch limit regulations “that defy common sense” without consulting the affected fishermen and getting their input. She assured the fishermen and the audience that “help is on the way” as she turned the podium over to Romney.
Dressed casually in the jeans and checkered shirt familiar from his primary campaign season days and befitting the quick tours of Geno’s Chowder Shop and boats that preceded the event, Romney spoke for nine minutes without notes.
The number one complaint Romney hears from businesspeople about the Obama administration is the overregulation. Regulators are “multiplying like proverbial rabbits,” Romney said.
The second biggest complaint is tax policy, Romney said. He referenced the administration’s call for a “global tax” targeting large multinational corporations. “Not sure what that is but it doesn’t sound very good,” Romney said to laughs from the crowd.
“We need a president who understands the power of free enterprise because he’s lived it and I have,” Romney said.
Romney interrupted his peroration to recognize former Executive Councilor Ruth Griffin, standing in the crowd, by name. Romney thanked Griffin for her early support of his candidacy and asked others to the do the same on his behalf.
Following his speech, Romney worked the crowd, greeting dozens of people, then posed for photos with the fishermen.
Fergus@ferguscullen.com, April 30, 2012